Extra! January/February 1993

    With Jobs at Stake, Women are Ignored

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will disproportionately affect women, yet the voices of women workers have barely been heard in the main­stream media's discussion of the pact. NAFTA's most likely impact, according to the World Bank, will be on multina­tional corporations operating south of the U.S.-Mexico border and on those who work for them—predominantly women and girls. Multinationals already employ almost half a million people in Mexico, 70 percent to 80 percent of whom are women between the ages of 16 and 25. NAFTA may open up new job opportu­nities for these women, albeit in industries that pay ...


    How Seventeen Undermines Young Women

    Harvard professor Carol Gilligan, studying the psychological development of teenage girls in 1988, found that they experience a major drop in self-esteem as they reach adolescence. Only 29 percent of teenage girls said that they "felt happy the way I am," as opposed to 60 percent of nine-year-old girls. Gilligan suggests that this adolescent crisis in confidence is due to the conflict between the image that a girl has of herself and what society tells her a woman should be like. Seventeen, the most widely read magazine among teenage girls in the United States, claims to "encourage independence" and help ...


    America's Healthcare Crisis

    Not long ago, I had the occasion to discuss health care with reporters and editors of the Washington Post. Entering the Post's conference room, I encountered as many as 20 writers on health-related issues from the Post's national staff, the business pages and the weekly "Health" section. As I looked around the room, recognizing faces and nodding to acquaintances, I thought of the collective talent in the room and commented that with the Post's resources, it ought not to be difficult to win a Pulitzer simply by documenting the dimensions of America's healthcare crisis. Later, talking with a Post reporter ...


    Zuckerman Unbound

    Juan Gonzalez, a columnist for the New York Daily News when the paper was bought by real estate developer/publisher Mort Zuckerman, wrote an angry column about the purchase that never appeared in his paper (New York Newsday, 12/2/92). It began with the words, "Some people never get accustomed to having a bully's foot on their back without trying to shove it back in their mouth." Though not all his potential employees were that outspoken, journalists had grounds to be resentful about Zuckerman's takeover of the Daily News. As Extra! went to press, conflicts with major unions at the paper had ...


    Pundits to Clinton

    The jockeying by presidential candidates to win the support of pundits and funders is known as the "first primary." Bill Clinton won that primary by presenting himself as the kind of centrist politician that political insiders are comfortable with: tough on foreign policy, skeptical of social programs, friendly toward business. In the real election, Clinton often ran a very different campaign. He criticized his Democratic primary opponents for policies he said would favor the rich at the expense of people of ordinary means. He attacked the Bush administration for its "trickle-down economics," and as a captive of corporate lobbyists and ...


    New York Post

    An op-ed in the Nov. 11, 1992 New York Post worried that 25 percent of African-American New Yorkers rely on black-owned WLIB and "militant black weeklies" for their news -- not on "mainstream media whose perspective could counter extremist views." While FAIR encourages news consumers to get the widest selection of sources possible, we're also worried about white New Yorkers who rely on "militant white dailies" -- like the New York Post -- for all of their news. Opposite from the op-ed warning that WLIB was trying to stir up racial fears and divisions, the Post ran an editorial titled ...